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Bernheim Forest offers ‘Positive Vibes for Summer’

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CLERMONT, Ky –  (June 28. 2022) Bernheim Forest’s Savor the Season summer lineup at Bernheim is guaranteed to make your summer fun, positive and fresh! This Savor the Season: Positive Vibes for Summer series will help us see our own familiar yards in a different light and ask ourselves questions like: How can I help my yard feed local wildlife and reduce my grocery and water bills? What are the climate-friendly choices I can make when I go to the nursery? See below for a description of the series:

Friday, July 15, noon-1 p.m.

Bernheim’s Edible Garden: Sustainable Solutions for You to Try at Home

Zoom presentation by Director of Education Kristin Faurest

The Edible Garden is a living classroom designed to help people understand Bernheim’s research mission. Its 2,000 square feet of raised beds produce more than 3,500 pounds of fresh produce per growing season. As an applicant to the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the Edible Garden meets the world’s most rigorous green design standards, following the principles of Regenerative Design. Get inspiration from the Edible Garden to cut your grocery bill, boost biodiversity and enhance your own yard’s beauty. Limit: 100 people. Zoom link provided after registration.

Saturday, July 23, 10-11:30 a.m.

Climate-resilient Gardening Takeaways

Walking tour by Director of Horticulture and Sustainable Landscapes Renee Frith

This on-site tour highlights how we move water in build environments at Bernheim and use it to sustain native pollinator plants. All practices at Bernheim are meant to be replicable in your own backyard. Renee will show you how to make your yard a more natural and healthy place. Limit: 20 people.

Friday, August 12, 10-11:30 a.m.

From Root to Record: Exploring Bernheim’s Collections Through Plant Records

Walking tour by Plant Records Coordinator Hannah Hunt

Join Plant Records Coordinator Hannah Hunt in discussing the importance of maintaining plant records in an Arboretum, and the role records play in conservation, research, and more. Learn about our newly launched plant database, IrisBG, which is used by more than 200 gardens worldwide. Explore 2,739 living collection plants located on the Arboretum’s grounds. Limit: 20 people.

Saturday, August 27, 10-11:30 a.m.

Drumming for everybody at the Spirit Nest

Accomplished percussionist and music educator K. Michelle Lewis activates the Spirit Nest with an all-ages percussion workshop focused on mindfulness in nature and inter-generational collaboration. All ages and abilities are welcome, the instructor will provide all instruments. Limit: 30 people.


Advance registration is required for all programs. Instructors are unable to sell tickets on-site the day of the program. The cost for Bernheim members of the entire series is $75 and $20 for each individual session. The cost for non-members is $85 for the entire series and $25 for each individual event. Please register at or call (502) 955-8512.


Sunday Nature Hike

Meet a Volunteer Naturalist at the Visitor Center on Sunday, July 3, and Sunday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to noon for an engaging nature hike. These hikes are longer than our ECO Kids Hike of the Days, and are aimed primarily at adults, but children six years and up are welcome. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.

The cost is $10 for Bernheim members and $12 for non-members. Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of the program by calling (502) 955-8512 or visiting No pets are allowed.


Birding for Beginners

Are you looking for a great introduction to the fascinating world of birds?

If so, join Volunteer Naturalists Karen and Jim Scout on Saturday, July 9, from 8 to 11 a.m. for this program that will provide the basics of bird identification using size, shape, behavior, and location. If you don’t have binoculars, we will provide them for use during the program.


The cost for Bernheim members is $15 and $20 for non-members.

Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program. Register by calling (502) 955-8512 or visiting Please follow any local or CDC guidelines for masking during this program.


Bernheim at Night

Bernheim at Night programs provide ample opportunities to marvel at the moon, ponder distant planets, and be awed by the vastness of space.

Full “Thunder” Super Moon Hike

Join Bernheim’s Volunteer Naturalists on Wednesday, July 13, from 9 to 11 p.m. to discover delightful surprises that await the “night owls” among you or those who make extra effort to awaken to these wonders. Part of Bernheim at Night, Full Moon Hikes include a walk around Lake Nevin Loop, with plenty of stops to observe the night sky, discuss nocturnal happenings, and consider our cosmic connections. Register by 4 p.m. the day prior to the program by calling (502) 955-8512 or visiting


The cost is $12 for Bernheim members and $15 for non-members. Night hikes are geared for ages eight and up. No pets allowed. Dress for the weather.


Member Adventure Experience: Members-Only Camp-In!

Experience Bernheim like never before with a member-exclusive campout on the night of Saturday, July 16 filled with stargazing, s’mores over a bonfire and stories of constellations. Small tents, chairs and blankets are recommended. Food, beverages, and acoustic instruments are welcome, but outside alcohol, fires, generators and pets are strictly prohibited.


The cost is $25 for adult members. Children are $15 (12 and under). Each ticket includes one drink ticket, which can be redeemed for Mile Wide beer, Ale-8, or other non-alcoholic options. Additional beverages will be available for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature. Each camper will also be given one s’mores kit. Volunteer Naturalists will be on-site leading activities for the whole family, such as star tours, night sounds and nocturnal creatures.


The campout will start at 7 p.m. on July 16 and run until 7 a.m. on July 17. This event is weather permitting and will be rescheduled to Saturday, July 23 in case of inclement weather.

Primitive campsites will be available with portable restrooms and drinking water. No electricity plugins will be available on site.

Campers will not be permitted to leave Bernheim between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.


Mellow Morning Stroll

If you are a morning person, this quiet, reflective stroll is designed with you in mind. This slow-paced walk on Wednesday, July 20, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., will focus on nature’s small details, hidden connections, and the sensory-rich tapestry of life. Join Bernheim staff and Volunteer Naturalists near Bernheim’s Sensory Garden and start your day attuned to nature’s beauty and abundance.

The cost is $10 for Bernheim members and $12 for non-members. Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of the program by calling (502) 955-8512 or visiting The program is for ages eight and up, and no pets are allowed.

Nature’s Best Hope with Dr. Douglas Tallamy

This talk will be located at the University of Louisville Belknap Campus, Bingham Humanities Building Room 100 at 2216 S. 1st Street in Louisville on Friday, July 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

It is presented by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in partnership with the University of Louisville’s Sustainability Council. Dr. Tallamy will present via Zoom to an in-person audience seated at the University of Louisville’s Bingham Humanities 100 Auditorium.


Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Dr. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can – and must – take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.


Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.


A spread of healthy farm-to-table appetizers from Bernheim’s Edible Garden and Isaac’s Cafe will be available after the event, and attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase Bernheim memberships.


The cost is $20 for Bernheim members and $25 for non-members. The cost for University of Louisville staff members is $10 with a valid ID, and free for University of Louisville students. Attendees must register by 4 p.m. day prior to the start of the program by calling (502) 955-8512 or visiting

ECO Kids Discovery Days

The E-C-O stands for Every Child Outside, and that’s exactly where kids can be found during ECO Kids Discovery Days. Discovery Days take place the first and third Saturday of each month near Bernheim’s Visitor Center and may include:

Hands-On Discovery Stations from 1 to 4 p.m.

Hike of the Day, led by a Bernheim guide, starts at the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. and runs 45-60 minutes.

Pop-Up Story Circles because everything and everyone has a story. Watch for our storytelling and story-sharing circles.

ECO Kids Discovery Days are weather dependent and may be canceled.  Call (502) 955-8512 on the day of the event for weather-related updates. For details on ECO Kids Discovery Days, call (502) 955-8512 or visit No registration is necessary.



About Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Bernheim’s mission is to connect people with nature. Bernheim is the largest privately held contiguous forest block in the eastern United States dedicated to conservation and education. Bourbon maker Isaac Wolfe Bernheim established the arboretum and forest in 1929 as a gift to the people of Kentucky. A recent land acquisition brought the total acreage of land that Bernheim protects to 16,140. Fun, educational programs, diverse tree collections, 40 miles of hiking trails and varied landscapes are available every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. A $10 per car donation is suggested for non-members.


Bernheim is in Clermont, Ky., about 20 minutes south of the Louisville airport. From I-65 take exit 112 and follow the signs. Bernheim is a non-profit organization that relies on memberships, grants and donations for support. Come visit and enjoy the beauty of nature. For more information, please visit


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